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China, India Push Emissions Higher as COP28 Struggles with Fossil Fuels

Planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions grew by 1.1% this year, largely driven by an economic resurgence in China, India, and the aviation industry, according to projections by the Global Carbon Budget. The news comes as disputes around how to deal with carbon emissions ...

Bahrain’s Top Climate Negotiator Jokes With Chinese Counterpart That He’s Been “Busy Finding Oil”

China's Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua was caught in an uncomfortable situation at the COP28 conference in Dubai when a reporter from Sky News recorded him in what appears to be an awkward conversation with his counterpart from Bahrain, Mohamed bin Mubarak bin Daina.

China Excoriates U.S. as Culprit in Philippine Tensions in South China Sea

Chinese media and official channels shifted into overdrive this week in condemnation of U.S. hegemony as the true source of tensions in the South China Sea, despite the friction ostensibly being a China-Philippines territorial dispute. Government statements called out the U.S.’s ...

What the U.S. Needs to Do to Better Compete With China in Development Finance

There's a growing sense of anxiety in Washington over what the U.S. can do to better compete with China to finance infrastructure in developing countries around the world. For much of the past three years, the Biden administration has made the ...

Ghanaian Court Jails the Notorious Chinese “Galamsey Queen” for Illegal Mining

Aisha Huang will spend the next four and a half years in a Ghanaian jail cell after the Accra High Court handed down a ruling on Monday that dominated the news in the West African country. Huang, who was known as the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Belt and Road Initiative at 10: Milestones and Concerns Across Southeast Asia

China held its third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in October, with leaders from Southeast Asia in attendance to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). At the opening ceremony, the Chinese president Xi Jinping posed with ...

Popular ‘Chinese Savior’ Drama Set in Africa Now Available to Watch With English Subtitles

A hugely popular television drama series set in a fictitious African country that depicts the tireless work of a Chinese medical team is now available to view on YouTube with English subtitles. Welcome to Miele garnered considerable attention last year ...